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KUKA Innovation Award 2016

The international competition for the 2016 KUKA Innovation Award has kicked off. This year’s call for participation has been dubbed the “Flexible Manufacturing Challenge”. As of mid-August, research and development teams from across the globe have been able to submit entries for the 20,000 euro prize. The submission deadline is October 16, 2015.

Through thick and thin – the melting furnace for structural components

The melting of bulky and thin-walled returns is a challenge frequently facing aluminium foundries as a result of the growing trend towards lightweight construction in the automotive sector. For this reason, the expert StrikoWestofen (Gummersbach) has now developed the “StrikoMelter BigStruc”. This melting system is designed to function extremely energy-efficiently, even with exceedingly thin-walled returns. Thanks to its special shaft design, the BigStruc can even handle returns with an area of up to 2.5 m2 without any problems whatsoever. Other new developments in the BigStruc guarantee very low metal loss for charge material of all geometries as well as high heat recovery rates, even at a low bulk density in the shaft.

Additive Manufacturing is conquering the industrial sector

It’s not often that a production process manages a mention in the main news programmes on national TV. But 3D printing has. The easily memorable term has ensured that a long-known process is achieving celebrity status and is suddenly being intensively discussed throughout the country as a revolution in manufacturing.

VDMA revidiert Produktionsprognose für 2015

Aufgrund umfangreicher Korrekturen der Produktionsindizes für den Maschinenbau durch das Statistische Bundesamt revidiert der VDMA seine Prognose für 2015. Sie lautet nun auf real Null Prozent, also Stagnation.

High-end performance for drilling, milling, parting and grooving

Cutting Solutions by CERATIZIT, the top-class brand for innovative cutting tool solutions, has recently updated three product lines to achieve increased performance in drilling, milling, parting and grooving. At EMO Milano 2015 (hall 6, booth N 16/P 15) the carbide experts will provide information about the programme extensions for solid material drilling with the MaxiDrill 900 system and about the new grades for parting, grooving and milling. Using the motto 'Your Solution Matters', the CERATIZIT GROUP will for the first time be presenting all four top-class brands at the leading trade fair for machine tools and metal working: Cutting Solutions by CERATIZIT, Hard Material Solutions by CERATIZIT, Tool Solutions by CERATIZIT and Toolmaker Solutions by CERATIZIT.

Brazil’s AP Consultoria e Projetos standardises on AVEVA software

AVEVA announced today that AP Consultoria e Projetos (AP), a leading Engineering Design company in Brazil, has standardised on AVEVA software. AP has made the investment to move from using 2D drawings to designing in 3D using AVEVA PDMS in order to improve the efficiency of its design process and produce comprehensive plant models. It will also benefit from powerful 3D visualisation capabilities using AVEVA Review.

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records in First Half of 2015

The North American robotics market is off to its fastest start ever in 2015, according to new statistics released from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group.

Russian business remains under pressure

The German mechanical engineering industry’s export figures to Russia continue to decline sharply. After a drop of 17 percent in 2014, the decline is currently (as of May 2015) nearly 30 percent. Should this trend continue, German machinery exports for 2015 as a whole will fall to around EUR 4.5 billion.

Robots secure competitiveness and jobs

German robotics and automation sector on global growth course after record year - In the past years, robots have considerably contributed to economic growth and prosperity worldwide. "The use of robotics and automation offers outstanding opportunities for stable economic development, high-quality and ergonomic jobs as well as safe and affordable products," Patrick Schwarzkopf, Managing Director of the VDMA trade association Robotics + Automation, said at the annual press conference.

Euro zone sets the pace

In June 2015, incoming orders in the mechanical engineering industry in Germany were down 4 percent on the previous year. The VDMA German Engineering Association announced in Frankfurt on Thursday that domestic business rose by 7 percent, and international business was down 9 percent year on year.

Ground breaking ceremony for the LiSEC Service and Training Center

The first sod for the new service and training center at the LiSEC production site Seitenstetten was turned on August 4th 2015.

Infinitely adjustable infeed guide

Two variants of modular design infeed guides are now available at Meusburger. These are characterised by infinite width adjustment and offered in three different heights. The different adjustment options of strip width and strip lift allow for a flexible use on different stamping dies.

Lifting device for special applications

The specially for glass processor Sedak designed euroTECH vacuum lifting device is capable of handling three-tonne glass segments of 14 metres in width, three metres in height and 10 millimetres thickness at a time. The weight and size of the segments are remarkable on their own, but the panes being handled also exhibit extremely structured, rather than smooth, surfaces. The suction cups are each fitted with a sealing ring of special chloroprene, allowing them to form an air-tight connection to the component in spite of the uneven surface. This innovative handling solution from euroTECH can move the facade elements from a horizontal position to a vertical transport position both safely and reliably. 1,800 of these segments will soon adorn the new headquarters of a major American electronics manufacturer as a means of solar protection.

KUKA achieves outstanding results in the first half-year and increases guidance targets for 2015

With the results of the second quarter of 2015, KUKA Group has completed a highly successful first half-year. “We have achieved an outstanding result and are well above our targets,” explains Dr. Till Reuter, CEO of KUKA AG. “For this reason, we have increased our guidance for 2015.” For the full year 2015, sales revenues of €2.9 million and an EBIT margin of 6.5% to 7.0% are anticipated.

DMG MORI with 7 world premieres at EMO

DMG MORI will be confirming its status as a world market leader in the field of metal-cutting machine tools with 7 world premieres as well as a representative cross-section of its high-tech portfolio at the EMO in Milan.

Positives erstes Halbjahr

Der Auftragseingang verzeichnete im Juni 2015 ein Plus von +11 Prozent (bundesweit -4 Prozent). Bei der Inlandsnachfrage gab es ein Plus von +7 Prozent (bundesweit +7 Prozent). Das Auslandsgeschäft lag bei +14 Prozent (bundesweit -9 Prozent) im Vergleich zum Vorjahresniveau.

New AVEVA Everything3D version 2.1 excites customers and gains significant industry support

Leading industry names are impressed with game-changing new capabilities of flagship 3D design software

AVEVA's Customer-centric Growth Strategy

Based on its recent analysis of the engineering information management (EIM) solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes AVEVA with the 2015 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership. AVEVA was one of the early leaders in the EIM market and is currently the second-largest vendor with an 18 percent share of the fragmented market. AVEVA has set itself apart from its peers with its customer-centric strategy, global footprint, focus on innovation, vibrant partner ecosystem, and integration of its product lines with third-party solutions. Furthermore, it has ensured consistent implementation of its business plans through best-in-class processes and strategic acquisitions.

Maschinenbau NRW: Vorsichtiger Optimismus

Der Auftragseingang verzeichnete im Mai 2015 ein Plus von +15 Prozent (bundesweit -2 Prozent). Bei der Inlandsnachfrage gab es ein Plus von +5 Prozent (bundesweit -4 Prozent). Das Auslandsgeschäft lag bei +21 Prozent (bundesweit +/-0 Prozent) im Vergleich zum Vorjahresniveau.

United Grinding Group AG establishes joint venture for additive processes with inspire AG

Focus on innovation: The UNITED GRINDING Group, holding company for the Machine Tools Business Area in the Körber international technology group, is establishing a joint venture named Irpd AG with the university-affiliated inspire AG. IRPD specializes in additive manufacturing processes - such as laser-based processes and 3D printing. The focus of the joint venture is to further develop these cutting-edge production processes and thereby benefit from current research findings. ETH Zurich has made significant investments in inspire AG.

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